The Browns have been hit with a few injuries this season, but none have been as bad as what happened to quarterback Baker Mayfield. He has already missed time due to an injury, and now it looks like he will miss the rest of the season after suffering what is being called a “significant” knee injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Kyler Murray is a quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft, but he decided to play football instead. This decision has paid off with him being undefeated at just 18-0 as a starter and leading his team to an appearance in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. The Browns are currently trying to figure out who their starting quarterback will be, following Baker Mayfield’s injury on Sunday.
The Cleveland Browns face the Arizona Cardinals, who are still unbeaten, in one of the weekend’s most interesting games. Former Oklahoma Sooners stars Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield are fighting it out on the field, and Cleveland will do everything it takes to give Arizona their first defeat.
The Browns, on the other hand, have received a major injury update that may jeopardize their chances of pulling off the shock. Because Nick Chubb is out with a calf injury, Baker Mayfield will be under much greater pressure.
The Browns are without Nick Chubb as they attempt to beat the Cardinals.
Nick Chubb, the Browns’ running back, has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. Kareem Hunt will have a lot of work ahead of him.
15 October 2021 — Field Yates (@FieldYates)
In the heartbreaking defeat to the Los Angeles Chargers, Chubb had a field day. The former Georgia running back finished the day with a season-high 161 yards and a score on 21 attempts. Chubb gained 100 yards on 21 rushes against the Minnesota Vikings the week before, and he has established himself as the cornerstone of the Cleveland attack.
However, he was out of practice all week due to a calf injury, making it much more difficult for the Browns to shock the Cardinals. Kevin Stefanski’s system relies heavily on the running game, which is first in the NFL with 187 yards per game.
The passing game, on the other hand, hasn’t been as effective, and they’re presently ranked 24th in the NFL in passing yards per game.
The Browns will have to alter their game plan now that Chubb is gone, particularly against one of the NFL’s most fearsome defenses in Arizona.
Kareem Hunt is the silver lining.
It is always a devastating blow to a football club when their starting running back gets injured. With Chubb and Kareem Hunt, the Browns have the strongest 1-2 punch at the position.
Hunt has had a lot of success since joining Cleveland, and the year 2021 will be no different. He’s rushed for 295 yards and five touchdowns on 55 attempts, with at least one score in each of the last three games.
Hunt, on the other hand, suffered an injury during practice this week and is listed as doubtful. It shouldn’t matter, as all indications are that Hunt will take over as the starting running back against the Cardinals.
Myles Garrett, a standout defender for the Browns, discussed Hunt’s chances this weekend (h/t NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero).
“He’s all set to leave.”
Kareem Hunt vs. Cardinals, by Myles Garrett
Hunt could get a lot of action both on the ground and in the passing game if Murray and the Cardinals come out blazing on offensively.
Now is Baker Mayfield’s chance to shine.
On October 10, 2021 in Inglewood, California, Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns plays at SoFi Stadium. | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Now, more than ever, is the ideal time for Mayfield to stand up when it counts. With Chubb gone, the offense will have to rely even more on Mayfield.
The Browns quarterback has had a hit-or-miss season, passing for 1240 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. Mayfield has been questioned for a long time, and this is his opportunity to shine and put the league on notice by beating the Cardinals.
Mayfield struggled mightily against the Vikings. Despite a 14-7 victory, he finished 15-of-33 for 155 yards and no touchdowns. The Browns are 3-2 and want to avoid falling below.500, particularly with the Baltimore Ravens chasing the AFC North title.
This weekend, all eyes will be on Baker, particularly with their starting running back out.
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